Restaurante La Casa is an upscale restaurant with a wide variety of cuisine. The food ranges from sushi and pasta to traditional Cuban dishes. The atmosphere of La Casa is great for business meetings, date-night, or just a nice meal at a good price. La Casa is a family owned and operated dining facility. Their passion is to give people the chance to eat heritage recipes passed through this Cuban family.
Reservations can be made by phone, however walk-ins are also accepted. Restaurante La Casa also delivers. Dishes start at £10.
If one is in Havana for business, or merely looking for a nice restaurant to dine at, The San Cristobal Paladar is the place to go. This restaurant exudes elegance in a historic manner. Complete with live background music, a wine menu, and outdoor service. Guests will be at ease and well cared for.
While this is more of a high end restaurant, it is also family friendly. They have booster seats and their customer service is phenomenal. Keeping with the old-fashioned themes, as the guests are leaving, they give gifts of a cigar to the men and broach for the women. This is a place for those special nights out when one wishes to impress. Reservations are highly suggested. Dish prices average at £5.30 to £6.30
304 O’Reilly is a small establishment in Havana. Despite its size, it is usually a rather busy place. The food there is cheap and delicious and considered a fusion restaurant. The dishes range from small appetizers to main dishes with a strong Cuban influence. The vegetables are served fresh and the servers are courteous without hovering.
Located in Havana Vieja near the Cathedral, it is a close walk to some lovely parks and great sights to see. It is recommended that guests place reservations in advance as it is small and busy. Prices range from £6.60 to £10.
If willing to drive a bit for some good food, one would be well inclined to visit El BalconRestaurante. This restaurant is located in New Vedado, which is about 20 minutes from where most hotels are located. But if the drive is made, rest assured it will be well worth the time. El Balcon has outdoor seating that overlooks the neighbourhood and the sight is stunning. If diners are taking cabs, they need not fret about requesting a return time, alert the Maitre d’ and the restaurant will call a cab when diners are nearing the end of their meal. This allows guests to enjoy their meals more and not feel rushed to leave.
El Balcon is located just down the street is The Tropicana, a popular cabaret and club. This makes it a wonderful choice for a pre-show meal if one is not interested in eating there.
El Balcon is opened every day of the week from 12-noon to 11PM. They offer brunch through dinner and dessert. Reservation may be made and they can also accommodate take-away or delivery. The menu is quite large, allowing diners to choose from a wide variety of foods such as authentic Cuban and Creole food, as well as seafood and grilled dishes. The portion size of the appetizers alone are fairly large, and well worth the low prices. Dish prices average around £5.
Open from 10AM-1AM, this Cuban-Italian fusion cafe is the perfect go-to if diners want something at any hour. The comfortable ambiance mixed with the delicious food is a recipe for a great experience. Located in Habana Vieja, or Old Havana, diners are rarely disappointed by the atmosphere, cheap prices, and delicious food. With prices ranging from £3-£7 and late hours, this is the perfect post-flight location. The fish is served fresh and the Piña Coladas have been called the best in Havana by those who have been here. The RopaVieja, or meat in strips, is also a customer favourite.
Many private bars are opening up lately, but this one seems to be the most popular, as it is not solely a bar. The multilingual wait staff are polite and willing to accommodate diners’ needs. The owner enjoy mingling with the diners and getting to know them, making the setting here much more personal than other eating establishments.
Widely known as the best Cuban restaurant in Havana, La Guarida is the most elegant Paladar in the area, and is frequented by celebrities from time to time. Reservations are required, usually weeks before departure to Cuba, seeing as it is the hardest seat to come by. Within the restaurant, diners are treated to design and architectural influences from Havana’s rich artistic history. It is truly a wonderful place to observe much of Havana’s rich history in one place, while enjoying the most influential element to the Cuban culture: food.
La Guarida’s food is strongly based on Cuban cuisine; however it has been adapted to perfection by the chefs to appeal to all palates. Here, the food is an art, with products shipped in from all over the world. Going to La Guarida is a gastronomic experience not to be missed.
Their extensive wine cellar has something for everyone with the prices ranging from £12 to £67. The average meals are priced at approximately £20 to £24.
Dona Eutimia is local Cuban food at its best. Tucked away near Havana Cathedral, this restaurant is just the place people look for when searching for restaurants the locals go to. The rice and beans with chicken, often overlooked by visitors, is a national favourite. And Dona Eutimia prepares and cooks it to perfection. Tostones are another must-try from Dona Eutimia. The meat and cheese filled plantain, a home favourite and will provide diners with a taste of Cuban home cooking.
While it is tucked away, it has a reputation and as such, reservations should be made. Walk-in diners will be accommodated but the wait can be long. Wait staff are kind and helpful. Here, everyone is family. The average meal at Dona Eutimia is about £10, including tips and drinks.
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